Whether it be floods, bushfires or drought, Disaster Relief Australia will be able to provide additional emergency assistance to Australians impacted by a range of natural disasters thanks to a $100,000 donation from Keno.

The latest donation continues Keno’s commitment to Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) and follows a $100,000 donation made in December 2019 for the Black Summer Bushfires – one of the worst bushfire seasons in Australia’s history.

A not-for-profit organisation, DRA unites the skills and experiences of military veterans, emergency responders and civilians to rapidly deploy relief response teams around the country in the wake of a natural emergency.

DRA CEO Geoff Evans said the donation from Keno would be used for a number of ongoing operations, including bushfire recovery in New South Wales.

“It is thanks to our generous partners, like Keno, that we are able to continue to serve communities in need. When we support communities affected by a disaster, we bring them hope,” he said.

“As a growing ‘for-purpose’ entity, we rely on building strong relationships with our partners. We are proud of the ongoing relationship we have with Keno and grateful it gives us the ability to respond to more disasters.

“The last $100,000 donation was used for the Black Summer Bushfires of 2019 and 2020. The support Keno provided helped us deploy over 600 veterans to fire-affected communities for over five months.

“Keno’s support not only resulted in assistance being provided to hundreds of devastated survivors of the bushfires but has also enhanced our capacity to respond to similar events.”

Keno General Manager Terry Fowler said he was in awe of the DRA team and was proud to continue Keno’s support.

“Last year was a tough one, but it highlighted how important it is to rally together as a community, and we couldn’t be prouder to once again support DRA,” he said.

“We are thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with DRA so the team can continue their inspiring work of serving local communities, before, during and after natural disasters.

“Anyone who has witnessed the DRA volunteers in action would know how incredibly hard-working and inspiring they are.

“When communities are in need, they step into action and we want to do our bit to help too.

“In times of crisis, Keno venues, such as clubs and pubs, often act as hubs for the community, which is why we want to do our bit to support DRA.”

About Keno
Keno is a fun game played at more than 3,500 pubs and clubs across Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria.
In 2020, Keno players across the eastern states of mainland Australia celebrated more than 59.9 million wins collectively worth more than $840.6 million.
During this time, Keno crowned 19 millionaires and multi-millionaires who collectively took home more than $42.3 million.